Bernice the Barking Spider is moving along. I am having fun writing it, though children's books are a new genre to me. As of now, it will be quite a short book. I'm also editing and rewriting Dead Reckoning.  I want to have that book out inn September.

It must be my day. I got two announcements. I got a letter from the University of Arizona that the Evolution River trilogy is on the library shelves. I also received a note that Dead & Dead For Real  is now on the Pima County Library shelves. I'm also seeing an increase in sales  of Wings of the WASP and Dead & Dead For Real. This is all very gratifying. Meantime, I'm trying to arrange for an illustrator for Bernice the Barking Spider while doing a bit of writing on it.

Thank you readers. I enjoy hearing from you.

I think I finally have a title for the sequel to Dead & Dead For Real About time as I'm on chapter 32 of the rewrites. New best title is Dead Reckoning. It fits in a number of ways. I read the prologue in the Writers Motivational Workshop today. I preceded it with a PG-13 warning that there wasn't any sex or violence in it, but there was a big eeeeew factor. There were a bunch of nervous twitters afterward. I think I struck a chord.

I'm working on Bernice the Barking Spider now. I'm not sure where Bernice will take me in this book. It's always thrilling to see what the characters dream up.

The fire on the mountain has not yet consumed my place. It's a race between the fire and the monsoon season. If it rains, they could get control before it hits. I'm doing a raindance. 

I'm doing the rewrites of my yet untitled sequel to Dead & Dead For Real. I'll have the first rewrite done in a month, and hope to goad my editors into haste.

I'm also working on my children's book, Bernice the Barking Spider. Work work work.

I'm under fire evacuation alert. The Cedar Creek fire is heading toward me. THIS IS NOT GOOD! 

My granddaughter & I are writing Bernice the Barking Spider. Yeah, it's a children's book. Someday, over margaritas I'll explain the reasons, but it is fun and different. Meantime, I'm giving the newest book, a little rest before I begin rewrite and edits.

I'm getting some good feedback on the review of Dead & Dead For Real that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday. Thanks. Writers live for feedback from readers. How else will we know we're doing a good job?

I am so pumped! Dead & Dead For Real made the Arizona Daily Star review page today! That's two books this year. This is so exciting for me.

Meantime, I'm again writing on the sequel. I thought I was done, but realized I needed to add more. As of now, it's six more chapters, with at least a seventh to be written.



I had a great book signing last week. Those Saddlebrooke Ranch people really know how to treat an author. I sold more books than any previous signing except Tucson Festival of Books. My thanks to those of you who came out and supported my efforts as a writer. Let me know what you think about the books. Critique, please.


Steve and I will be finalizing the next newsletter and have it out within a few days. This letter will have the Prologue from the sequel to Dead & Dead For Real (Yet untitled) There is a warning for those of Squeamish demeanor. It's not that the content is gory or violent. It's worse!


Back to writing

Here's the next book signing date. Yeah, this is a ways outside of Tucson, so I'm looking at this as a social event rather than a big sales day. That way I'm safe. I'm writing like mad on the Dead & Dead For Real sequel. The title is up in the air, with the latest consideration Dead to the World. That will probably change again. Meanwhile, the death toll rises as the chapters roll out.

Book  Signing!!


May 18, 2016



11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.


Saddlebrooke Ranch, La Hacienda Clubhouse

59638 E. Robson Circle, Oracle, AZ

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